Live Music Now free online resource of pre-recorded live music for care homes
Read about ways to bring Live Music Now musicians virtually into your care home.
Live Music Now (LMN) provides music sessions for thousands of older people every year, including those living with dementia, and their carers. During the Covid19 lockdown, LMN’s musicians and staff have worked quickly to produce a new online service, which is being accessed by care homes all around the UK.
Find a selection of their recent videos via their website, as well as Guidance Notes for Care Homes for tips on how to engage your care home residents with pre-recorded Live Music Now performances.
Live Music Now began by surveying care homes they work with regularly through through Live Music in Care residencies, to find out what they might want in the way of online activities, what they could realistically manage and how reliable their online connectivity was.
The majority of those who responded were keen to receive pre-recorded live music concerts specially commissioned and created by LMN musicians. Many said that they would be confident to lead and facilitate simple interactive activities as part of those sessions. LMN also surveyed their musicians to find out more about their technical capacity to deliver this work, and what support they might need.
The result of this is the Live Music Now at Home video library, a free online resource of pre-recorded live music videos. The videos feature some of the most talented early career musicians in the UK in a range of musical genres; folk, jazz, popular, western classical, traditional and more – and include familiar songs and tunes as well as new musical discoveries. There are opportunities to join in with singing and percussion, or to just sit back, listen and enjoy. The videos can be viewed on smart TVs, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
Live Music Now also created guidance notes to help care homes make the most of the concerts. There are several South West musicians featured in the library, including two of their newest ensembles (Hopkins Oliver Duo and Alex Garden & Archie Churchill-Moss). They are still adding more videos, and currently Live Music Now at Home’s offer in the South West also includes:
- Interactive online residencies with care homes
- Bespoke online concerts for individuals or care settings
- Short films that share techniques for making music to help care teams develop their skills and confidence
- Arranging, where musicians are local, outdoor/courtyard live music concerts
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